Future Tense and Economic Decisions: Controlling for Cultural Evolution

  title={Future Tense and Economic Decisions: Controlling for Cultural Evolution},
  author={Se{\'a}n G. Roberts and James Winters and Keith D. Chen and Ramesh Balasubramaniam},
  booktitle={PloS one},
A previous study by Chen demonstrates a correlation between languages that grammatically mark future events and their speakers' propensity to save, even after controlling for numerous economic and demographic factors. The implication is that languages which grammatically distinguish the present and the future may bias their speakers to distinguish them psychologically, leading to less future-oriented decision making. However, Chen's original analysis assumed languages are independent. This… CONTINUE READING
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